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7.30 A. M. 

Celebration of the Holy Communion. 

10.30 A. M. 

Processional, Hymn 311, Albany. J. A. Jeffery, Mus. Doc. 

aNCIENT of days, Who sittest, throned in glory ; 
To Thee all knees cire bent, all voices pray ; 
Thy love has blest the wide world's wondrous story. 
With light and life since Eden's dawning day. 

2 O Holy Father, Who hast led Thy Children 
In all the ages, with the Fire and Cloud, 

Through sccis dry-shod ; through weary wastes bewildering ; 
To Thee, in reverent love, our hearts are bowed. 

3 O Holy Jesus, Prince of Peace and Saviour, 
To Thee we owe the peace that still prevails. 
Stilling the rude wills of men's wild behavior. 
And calming passion's fierce and stormy gales. 

4 O Holy Ghost, the Lord and the Life-giver, 
Thine is the quickening power that gives increase: 
From Thee have flowed, as from a pleasant river. 
Our plenty, wealth, prosperity, and peace. 

5 O Triune God, with heart and voice adoring, 
Praise we the goodness that doth crown our days ; 
Pray we, that Thou wilt hear us, still imploring 
Thy love and favor, kept to us always. 

A Festival Te Deum, in B flat, C. Villiers Stanford 

Introit, Psalm cxxii. Laetaius sum. Gregorian 

The Holy Communion. 

Kyrie Eleison, Hoyte in D 

The Collect. 

HLMIGHTY GOD, Who by Thy Holy Spirit didst guide our fathers and endue them 
with steadfastness in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship, grant, we beseech TTiee, 
that by the same Spirit we may be enabled to continue steadfastly therein, and faithfully to 
serve Thee, to the benefit of Thy Church and the glory of Thy Name, through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. Amen. 

For the Epistle. Genesis xiii. 14-18. 

3ND the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now 
thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and east- 
ward, and westward ; For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed 
for ever. And I will make thy seed sis the dust of the earth : so that if a man can number 
the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in 
the length of it and in the breadth of it ; for I will give it unto thee. Then Abram removed 
his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an 
ahar unto the Lord. 

Gloria Tibi, Hoyte in D 

The Gospel. Saint Matthew xxviii. 16-20. 

^^=^HEN the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had 
^^^ appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him : but some doubted. 
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying. All power is given unto me in heaven and in 
earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and 
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost : Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you : and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

The Sermon, The Reverend Samuel Hart, D.D., D.C.L. 

Vice-Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School, Registrar of the Diocese 

Address — New York and Connecticut, 

The Right Reverend Henry Codman Potter, D.D., LL.D., D.C.L. 

Bishop of New York 

Offertory, Anthem — " Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion," 

John Stainer, Mus. Doc. 

Sanctus, Hoyte in D 

Agnus Dei, Hoyte in D 

Gloria in Elxcelsis, Hoyte in D 

A Special Thanlisgiving. 

HLMIGHTY and Everliving God, Who hast built Thy Church upon the foundation of 
the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner-stone ; and Who 
didst raise up faithful men here to serve Thy Church and to minister Thy Word and Sacra- 
ments, and hast granted unto us to enter into their labours : For these benefits we render unto 
Thee our hearty thanks, we praise and worship Thee ; and we humbly beseech Thee to grant 
unto us Thy grace, that we may continue to show ourselves thankful unto Thee for these and 
all Thy other benefits, by serving Thee in our generation : Grant, moreover, we pray Thee, 
that all Christians may be joined together in such unity and concord as shall be according to 
Thy Will, that so Thy Church may joyfully serve Thee in peace and godliness, and Thy 
blessed Kingdom be enlarged. All which we ask through Thy Son Jesus Christ, the gracious 
Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, unto Whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour 
and glory, world without end. Amen. 

The Blessing. 

Recessional, H3aTm 523. Watchword. 

John Stainer, Mus. Doc. 

HORWARD ! be our watchword, 
Steps and voices joined ; 
Seek the things before us, 

Not a look behind : 
Burns the fiery pillar 

At our army's head ; 
Who shall dream of shrinking. 
By our Captain led ? 

Forwwd through the desert, 

Through the toil and fight ! 
Jordan flows before us ; 
Sion beams with light. 

3 Far o'er yon horizon 
Rise the city towers. 
Where our God abideth ; 
That fair home is ours : 
Flash the streets with jasper. 
Shine the gates with gold ; 
Flows the gladdening river 
Shedding joys untold. 
Thither, onward thither. 
In the Spirit's might ! 
Pilgrims to your country 
Forward into light ! 

2 Glories upon glories 

Hath our God prepared. 
By the souls that love Him 

One day to be shared ; 
Eye hath not beheld them. 

Ear hath never heard ; 
Nor of these hath uttered 
Thought or speech a word ; 
Forward ! marching eastward 

Where the heaven is bright. 
Till the veil be lifted. 
Till our faith be sight. 

4 To the eternal Father 

Loudest anthems raise : 
To the Son and Spirit 

Echo songs of praise : 
To the Lord of glory. 

Blessed Three in One, 
Be by men and angels 
Endless honor done. 

Weak are earthly praises. 
Dull the songs of night 
Forward into triumph ! 
Forward into light! 

12.30 P. M. 


2.00 P. M. 

Commemorative Session of the Convention, 

The Bishop of the Diocese, Chainnan 

Processional, Hymn 493 — " Oh, 'twas a joyful sound to heeur." Mount Zion. 

H. W. Parker, Mus. Doc. 

The Lord's Prayer. Collects. 
Address of Welcome, The Reverend N. EJlsworth Cornwall, M.A. 

Rector of the Parish 

Response, The Right Reverend Chauncey Bunce Brewster, D.D. 

Bishop of Connecticut 


I. The Church in Connecticut in the Eighteenth Century, 

The Reverend Joseph Hooper, M.A. 
Rector Church of the Epiphany, Durham 

II. TTie Reverend Samuel Johnson, D.D., and his Contemporaries, 

The Right Reverend Edwin Stevens Lines, D.D. 

Bishop of Newark 

H)rmn 487 — " Rise, crowned with light, imperial Salem, rise !" Russian Hymn 

III. The Lay Pioneers of the Church in Connecticut, 

Hon. Frederick J. Kingsbury, LL.D. 

Sometime Treasurer of the Diocese 

Address, The Right Reverend John Scarborough, D.D. 

Bishop of New Jersey 

Hymn 49 1 — " The Church's one foundation." Aurelia. Samuel S. Wesley 

Address, Arthur Twining Hadley, LL.D. 

President of Yale University 

Address — A Greeting hrom Columbia, Professor William A. Dunning, LL.D. 

Address — Massachusetts and Connecticut, 

The Right Reverend Alexander Hamilton Vinton, D.D. 

Bishop of Western Massachusetts 


A Retrospect, 

The Right Reverend William Woodruff Niles, DD., LL.D., D.C.L. 

Bishop of New Hampshire 

Connecticut Churchmanship, The Right Reverend Willicim Ford Nichols, D.D. 

Bishop of California 

Hymn 52 — "Of the Father's love begotten," Ancient Plain Song 

Address, The Right Reverend William Neilson McVickar, D.D., LL.D. 

Bishop of Rhode Island 

Address — The Duties and Privileges of Laymen, Mr. Burton Mansfield 

Secretary of the Missionary Society, representing the Church Club of Connecticut 

Hymn 520 — " Rejoice, ye pure in heart." Marion. Arthur H. Messiter 


The Benediction. 

Recessional, Hymn 5 1 6 — " Onward, Christian soldiers." Saini Gertrude. 

Sir Arthur S. Sullivan 

Westward the course of empire takes its way ; 

The four first acts already past, 
A fifth shall close the drama with the day ; 

Time's noblest offspring is the last. 

George Berkeley, 1 730. 

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